Study Abroad 2004 - Florence and Beyond! travel blog

El Toro!

Where's Waldo?

Some guy getting up close and personal with the bull


Spain was awesome. We rented another van and drove 15 hours to Zurautz, Spain. It's a coastal city that is very nice. The weather was nice too. It was about 70 degrees the whole time. It rained a little bit too while we were there. On Friday, July 8th, we drove about an hour and a half to Pomplona, Spain to run with the bulls. It was crazy there. There were so many people and everyone there was having a great time. Running with the bulls was definitely scary to say the least. Even though I never saw a bull during the run, the intensity of the crowd and the other runners made it seems like the bulls were right on my ass. The actual run only took about 3 minutes but it was such a rush. At the finish of the run, everyone crowds into this small arena where they let out these young bulls to mess around with the people. I told myself that I wasn't going to leave until I touched a bull. It took me a few tries but I succeeded in touching one. It was pretty scary in the arena, not just because of the bulls running loose, but because the crowd was crazy. If the bull charges the crowd, everyone starts running like crazy and you're afraid of getting trampled by everyone. But the experience was one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I thought skydiving was exciting, running with the bulls was much more of an adrenaline rush. The skydiving freefall lasted like 40 seconds while the running with the bulls lasted about 40 minutes!

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